Three businesses reopen in village

By Pauline Liu
A sense of normalcy is slowly beginning to return to Margaretville, after three popular businesses reopened in the village over the past week. They’ve been closed for nearly three months, following extensive flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

Part-time residents seek to raise $800K for flood relief

By Jennifer Kabat
London, England — More than 3,000 miles from Margaretville, a couple wants to save Middletown’s businesses. Jeff and Indrani Tomasi live in London but love Margaretville and have a home just outside the village.

Young artist loses battle with cancer

By Pauline Liu
Five days after her art exhibit about cancer awareness made her the toast of New York City, Michelle MacNaught of Delhi succumbed to Stage IV ovarian cancer, which she courageously battled for over a year. She was only 21.

Michelle died at home on Sunday afternoon, surrounded by her family. By all accounts, she had the time of her life at the opening of her exhibit last Tuesday night, which was organized by her friends from the Andes and Bovina art communities.

2011 Auxiliary of the year goes to local organization

Margaretville — The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) presented its 2011 Auxiliary of the Year Award to the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center (Small Hospital Category) .

The presentation was made during an October 25 luncheon at HANYS’ Annual Institute for Health Care Auxiliaries and Volunteer Leaders at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany.
The award was accepted by Peter Molnar, president of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Auxiliary.

Ohsberg finally named Hardenburgh supervisor

By Jay Braman Jr.
Paul Ohsberg, the only candidate for Hardenburgh Town Supervisor to launch a write in campaign, has been elected in what could be considered a landslide.

To become the top official in this mountain town that boasts a population of 183 people, Ohsberg was supported by almost one quarter of residents with a total of 43 votes. Douglas Odell, who did not campaign, got a total of seven votes.

MCS, RCS targeted for improvement

By Pauline Liu
The Margaretville Central School District needs to improve its graduation rate and Roxbury Central School needs to improve its English Language Arts (ELA) performance scores for grades 3-8.
Those were some of the findings in a report by the State Education Department under the federal government’s No Child left Behind Act. The MCS District is included on a new list of 89 school districts “in need of improvement,” while RCS joins a new list of 847 schools which received similar designations.

New non-profit seeks big money to market region

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken based businessman Dean Gitter announced last week the creation of a non-profit organization devoted to marketing the Catskill Region.

While he believes the mission of this entity will cost $5 million, it currently has $40,100 in its coffers thanks to contributions from Gitter himself and others associated with his proposed Belleayre Resort project.

To help reach his financial goal for the organization, Gitter has asked the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) to pony up $1,250,000.

Miller wins in Middetown; Hynes coasts in Roxbury

Staff Report
Marge Miller won a four-way race for Middletown supervisor with a big victory margin in November 8 balloting.

Ms. Miller, who was running as an Independent candidate, received 567 votes.
Jake Rosa, who entered the race after the deadline to file petitions ran as a write-in candidate, finished second. The county Board of Elections reported that 230 write-in ballots were cast in the race. Joe Moskowitz was third with 82 votes and Wayd Jaquish finished fourth with 35.
Final tallies, including write-ins and absentee votes, were expected to be complete by November 15.

Andes overrides 2% cap; OKs fracking ban


By Pauline Liu
On the heels of Election Day, the Andes Town Board unanimously passed a tax-cap override, its 2012 budget, and a moratorium on heavy industry, following a series of often-contentious public hearings at town hall last Thursday.

As a result of the board’s vote to override the state mandated two-percent tax cap, property owners in the Town of Andes can expect to dig deeper. Town officials estimate that taxes on a $100,000 home will increase by $20 a year. “You’re going to price me out of my home,” grumbled Andes resident Fred Cubero.

Stanley is an easy winner; GOP takes over in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Republican incumbent Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley won another two-year term in voting last Tuesday, and Republican Councilman Vinnie Bernstein was also re-elected.

Both are joined by Republican newcomer Alfie Higley, giving the GOP a sweep and maintaining the current state of affairs in Shandaken politics.

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